Today's Curated NoPo Headlines - December 20, 2018

CONSUMER/PERSONAL FINANCE

Facebook goes on the defense…publishes blog post trying to save face; Apple admits new iPad could be prone to bending; United Airlines adds 11 routes amid ‘record’ network expansion; Sotheby’s wine surpasses $100 million mark in annual sales; Food halls – the new food trucks?; Starbucks hosting its happiest hour of the year today (all holiday drinks just $3 from 3 pm on); Kohl’s opening 83 hours straight (tomorrow-Christmas Eve); Dyson’s kid-size vacuum – so popular it keeps selling out?; Why record $1.465 trillion student debt could test U.S. economy; How yesterday’s Fed’s rate hike will impact consumers; The matchmaking site that will hook you up…with a financial planner (intentional buzz kill, Hutch); A dramatic drop in gas prices (less than $2/gallon at nearly one in five stations).

HEALTH & WELLNESS

It’s been a big year for plant-based and cultured meats, but 2019 could be turning point?; New research suggests people suffering from anxiety and depression may be at higher risk for developing other major health conditions, like heart disease; Gwyneth Paltrow’s In Goop Health wellness summit heading to London (June 2019); McDonald’s vegan burger–any good?; The common houseplant that removes toxins from your rooms; Most stressful airport in America.

FASHION/BEAUTY

Is David Lee Roth the Estée Lauder of tattoos?; Free trial beauty scams on rise; Gianni Versace – most searched-for fashion query of the year; A look at why young luxury shoppers are willing to pay $500 for sneakers; The $8 moisturizer that “cures” psoriasis and eczema; Tiffany’s $35,000 watering can…to step up your gardening game…

FITNESS/DIET

Think Americans are getting fatter, heavier, thicker? Feds say…’You’re right, all of us are’; Exercise may be as good as meds at lowering high blood pressure; Cortisol-conscious workouts [huh?] making sweat sessions…smarter; Jicama – the fiber-rich ‘turnip’ that can help you lose weight?; A review of Weight Watchers Bluetooth Body Analysis scale; The # of calories in your favorite holiday appetizers [170 for 3 pigs in a blanket, Lauren].

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